Jury convicts Drew Peterson of 3rd wife's death

Jury convicts Drew Peterson of 3rd wife's death

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 6:17 PM

   JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- A jury has convicted former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson of murdering his third wife.

   Jurors returned with a guilty verdict against Drew Peterson on Thursday in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio.

   The 58-year-old Peterson faces a maximum 60-year prison term.

   Savio's body was found in her bathtub in 2004. Authorities initially ruled the 40-year-old died accidentally. Her death was reclassified after Peterson's 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007.

   Authorities presume Stacy Peterson is dead, though her body has never been found. Drew Peterson is a suspect but has not been charged in her disappearance.

   As authorities investigated what happened to the women, Drew Peterson gained a national reputation as unsavory and tactless, often cracking off-color jokes about the case.

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